Fly-tipping incidents in Hull are falling rapidly, according to new figures released by Hull City Council.
Reports of illegally dumped waste made to Hull City Council stood at 5,795 in the past year. This is 368 fewer than the 6,163 in the previous year. While it is 1,932 fewer than the 7,727 in 2016/17.
The figures issued are the lowest in more than five years.
Hull Coty Council say that the figures are as a result of the speedy removal of items by teams alongside a number of successful prosecutions of those guilty of dumping waste.
It comes after the introduction of the ‘Love Your Street’ campaign, which sees a team of environmental officers visiting hot-spot areas of the city. They are working with residents to keep neighbourhoods clean and tidy.
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Doug Sharp, Hull City Council’s assistant city manager for Streetscene services say the figures are encouraging. He said;
“These figures are encouraging. However, what it is important to remember is that where people see fly-tipping, it is because someone has committed an illegal act. Not because the council hasn’t cleaned it up.”
“Our focus is on trying to prosecute those that we can identify. But to do this we need information and support from residents.”
Four more cleansing and fly-tipping removal teams are to be introduced at the end of April. Their job will be to target high volume fly-tipping areas, reacting to reports of waste and provide support to existing fly-tipping teams.
Handheld devices will be handed to fly-tipping crews to record waste before and after clearance. Also, they will be used to collect and record any evidence found to help secure further prosecutions.
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